Rangers' Niko Katic claims Livi's Lyndon Dykes is a "top player"
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Rangers' Niko Katic claims Livi's Lyndon Dykes is a "top player"

Rangers star Niko Katic has described Lyndon Dykes as a “top player” on a par with Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos after the Gers 1-0 win over Livingston this weekend.

The Croatian striker was speaking after Rangers eked out three points in blustery conditions at Ibrox after the match against the Lions was rescheduled by 24 hours.

And whilst Dykes only came close by hitting the post in the second half, Katic claims that the striker is a player he really admires whilst admitting Rangers still retain title hopes.

Lyndon Dykes has hit 12 goals in total since joining the Lions from Queen of the South in the summer [Transfermarkt]. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“When you play against a striker like Dykes it’s always tough too because he is really good,” said Katic [
Daily Record].

“Almost he’s on the same level as Alfredo and I think he will become a really top player, it is always hard to play against him.

“It’s important we responded with a win. We have to go step by step again.

“Try to win every game because nothing is done.

“There’s a lot of games until the end of the season so we have to believe.

“There are three more months to play, we have to face Celtic twice and this team will not give up, we will give everything until the last game and try to close the gap.”

Rangers were of course linked with a move for Lyndon Dykes in the January transfer window after an injury to Jermain Defoe.

Niko Katic has given the thumbs up to Lyndon Dykes. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

According to reports [Scottish Sun], Dykes was being primed as a potential replacement for the veteran English forward should a move for Florian Kamberi have fallen through.

The Hibs striker joined Rangers on-loan on the final day of the window and Dykes remains a Livingston player.

Steven Gerrard also singled the player out for praise [Rangers] as Rangers prepared for the visit of the West Lothian club.